A Roosevelt man was caught in the act as he tried to burglarize a neighborhood home, police said.
According to Nassau police, at 3:25 Friday afternoon they received a 911 call for a burglary in progress at a vacant house on Dawes Avenue. When police arrived they entered through an open rear door and found Kenneth Barber, 54, of 52 Park Ave.
When questioned, Barber told police the house belonged to his uncle, police said. Barber was carrying a backpack containing a rotary telephone, paper shredder and a box containing a therapeutic massager, police said. He also had a wallet containing credit cards in the name of the homeowner who he had identified as his uncle, police said.
After further investigation, police found that Barber did not know or have any relation to the owner of the house and he was placed under arrest without incident, police said.
Barber is charged with third-degree burglary and possession of burglar tools. He will be arraigned in First District Court in Hempstead on Saturday.